Book Launch & Activity: Ana Aranda's OUR DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION

Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10032



Join us for a special book launch of Ana Aranda’s Our Day of the Dead Celebration (out 9/27/22). In this picture book, a warm, loving family honors their living and dead relatives as they celebrate the Day of the Dead with shared food and stories. Ana’s biggest inspirations are her childhood memories, the vibrant colors of Mexico, and music – all of which are clearly felt in this book.

After the reading, we will have art & crafts with Ana. Perfect for ages 3-7+.

“Above all, the story centers on the joys of family and tradition. Shines a triumphant spotlight on Day of the Dead festivities.” – Kirkus

This event is a $5 suggested donation ticket with 30 max attendees. Please register in advance.

In compliance with Word Up Community Safety guidelines, all attendees for this event are suggested to mask when outside and must wear a mask inside.

Word Up Community Bookshop is located at 2113 Amsterdam Ave. (& 165th St.) in Washington Heights, NYC. You can take the 1 train to 168th St and the A/C train to 163rd or 168th  St.


The Day of the Dead is a happy day when Mar’s family gathers together. There are favorite dishes to enjoy, games to be played, and most importantly, stories to tell. No one in the family is forgotten because this is the day of the year when the dead come to visit the living—and for this holiday it is almost as if they’re alive again, as the family takes great joy in celebrating the things that made them special. Mar realizes she is just like her Grandpa Ramón, who kept a journal. And her sister, Paz, plays accordian, just like their great-grandfather. There are so many things that connect them all—and at dinner, Abuelita spins even more stories that make them feel close to the ones they will love forever. Ana Aranda’s tender text and vibrant art make the joy felt on this sweet day totally palpable.


Ana Aranda ( also illustrated & Butterfly: Ta-da! (by Dev Petty) and The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra (by Marc Tyler Nobleman). She was born and raised in Mexico City, and completed her undergraduate studies in illustration in France. In San Francisco, she painted murals in the Mission District, for the Consulate General of Mexico, and for the prestigious de Young Museum. Her biggest inspirations are her childhood memories, the vibrant colors of Mexico, and music. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Our Day of the Dead Celebration By Ana Aranda, Ana Aranda (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Ana Aranda, Ana Aranda (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525514282
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 27th, 2022